5 Romantic places to propose in Chicago

It’s Summer, Chicagoans! And that means summer love. So we teamed up with the city experts at UrbanMatter to show you five romantic places to propose in Chicago.


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Take in the beauty at the Logan Square Arts Festival

No matter your taste, the Logan Square Arts Festival is a feast for the eyes, the soul and even your tastebuds. Sip on local brews while enjoying food, music and of course art (but we all know that the best work of art will be your significant other). For more info on what you can look forward to, visit UrbanMatter’s post here.


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Run your heart out

Chicago is a city of movers and shakers and, you know it if you are one, runners! With the miles of paths around the city, it’s hard to choose which direction to take, yet, many times, couples meet while running the miles along Lakeshore. The rest is history. UrbanMatter has compiled “4 Chicago running paths to get your heart pumping”; pick your path and then propose!

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A concert at City Winery

Get groovy at City Winery. This intimate setting is the perfect place for music lovers to pop the question. For info on who’s playing this week, check out UrbanMatter’s article here.


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Wine & Dine on Rose Day

Does your significant other appreciate the finer things in life? Wine, dine and then pop the question in River North on Rose Day. For more information on the happenings of Rose Day, visit UrbanMatter’s article here.


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Can you feel the love tonight?

Lincoln Park Zoo is hosting Adults Night. For $15, you can roam the zoo after the gates close, enjoy cash bars, music and concessions. For animal lovers, this would be the perfect place for a memorable and wild proposal! More info at urbanmatter.com.


And there you have it: five romantic places in the city of Chicago to pop the question! Interested in more events happening in and around Chicago this summer? Head over to UrbanMatter for the hottest new happenings in this city we love so dearly.

Leave a comment below if you have another recommended location in Chicago to propose! And if you use any of these suggestions, we’d love to help you get wedding-ready at one of our convenient Chicagoland locations.

Now get out there and pop the question!

The Wedding Suit by Black Tie Formalwear is here!

Here at Black Tie Formalwear, we are always looking for new ways to make the wedding process easier and deliver more value to our valued customers. This year we set out to find a new solution to the age-old problem of outfitting your wedding party in matching suits. That solution is The Wedding Suit!

So what’s been the problem? Some of your groomsmen may want to rent, some may want to buy; some of the party is older, taller, shorter or much younger, etc.

But at the end of the day, you wanted an easier solution to getting your boys in matching suits for your wedding.

That is why we came up with The Wedding Suit by Black Tie Formalwear.


The Wedding Suit by Black Tie Formalwear is a one of a kind collection of suits with features and options not available anywhere else! Some of the features that we put in would be things that we realized the customer may not have been thinking about or looking for initially but would still be of great benefit to them.

These features include:

Modern Fit: Designed specifically to give all range of sizes a tailored look.

Rent or Buy: A wedding Formalwear first! Each guy can decide on his own if he wants to rent or buy.

5 Colors to choose from: All of the most popular colors are covered.  The wedding suit comes in light grey, dark grey, navy, tan and black.

Adjustable Waist: A pant feature all guys love. The waistband adjusts for a range of 3 inches.

Men & Boys: Guys come in all shapes and sizes this collection is made with that in mind.  All are available from little boys up to big and tall.

Separates: With most suits you have to take the pant size that comes with your coat size.  That can lead to expensive alterations.  Your coat and pants are ordered separately according to your size.

The Wedding Suit by Black Tie Formalwear

More Benefits:

Just take the suit coat and pant separates part of it for example. Most suits that are sold come automatically with a pair of pants that are 6 inches less than the jacket size. In other words, a 42 coat comes with pants that are 36 in the waist. That is called “The drop”. Well, there are some guys who need a 42 coat for their shoulders but have a smaller waist like 32 or 33 inches. In those cases, that guy must go and pay for expensive alterations to be done on the pants because he will automatically get a 36.

Separates mean that no matter what size your coat is you will get a pair of pants according to what your waist measurement actually is so no alterations are needed on those pants.

Adjustable waist on the pants is another great benefit. Some guys have a waistline that goes up and down a bit.
Now they won’t have to go to a tailor if they haven’t worn the suit for a while and find they’ve gained or lost a few pounds.

Unlike other tuxedo rental company styles the wedding suit has belt loops on the pants. For a suit look a wedding party will usually want to have the guys wearing a belt that matches their shoes. Now they can.

The buy or rent option is important and we’re catering to the entire wedding party on this one. Obviously, we want the Bride and Groom to be happy, but they want their guys to be happy as well.

The groom, groomsman, ushers, dads, and ring bearers Mom’s all like the fact that they can decide if they want to rent or buy individually. The best man may already own a dark grey suit but it doesn’t match the wedding party so he would rather rent instead of buying another dark grey suit. Another groomsman doesn’t have a dark grey suit at home so he would prefer to pay a bit more and buy one at a reasonable price. Usually the ring bearers Mom wouldn’t want to do that because he will outgrow the suit within a couple of months.

The Wedding Suit has the best design feature in a suit or tuxedo. They are all proportioned differently by size to give guys of all shapes and sizes the same great looking tailored fit!

For more info on The Wedding Suit, visit our dedicated page here.


The Comprehensive list of How to Tie your Tie

Can you actually tie a tie? Here’s your comprehensive list of the top ways to tie your tie.

Want to learn the Windsor knot? Maybe the Pratt? This website has directions on these and many more.

how to tie a tie website

Next up we have a video how-to. With over 20,000,000 views, this gentleman surely explains perfectly how to tie a classic knot with any style of neck tie.


Next, another simply illustrated step by step on how to execute a Windsor Knot:

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More of a reader than picture follower? Here are the directions broken down:

  • 1. Start with the wide end on the right & the small end on the left. The small end should rest slightly above your belly-button (this will vary depending on your height and the length & thickness of your tie). Only move the wide end.
  • 2. Wide end over the small end to the left.
  • 3. Up into the neck loop from underneath.
  • 4. Down to the left.
  • 5. Around the back of the small end to the right.
  • 6. Up to the center, towards neck loop.
  • 7. Through the neck loop and down to the right.
  • 8. Across the front to the left.
  • 9. Up into the neck loop from underneath.
  • 10. Down through the loop you’ve just created in the front.
  • 11. Tighten the knot by pulling down on the wide end. Slide the knot up & adjust.

Still not convinced you know all the ways to tie your tie? Stop in to any of our convenient Chicagoland Black Tie Formalwear locations for friendly service and a smile.

Suit or Tux? The great debate

When it comes to formalwear, there are so many unwritten rules of dress. If you are an Average Joe with a special event coming up, you might currently find yourself in the quandary: suit or tux?

Thus begins our lesson.

Perhaps the very first distinction to note is the definition that separates a suit from a tuxedo. The answer is simple: satin.

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The real decision lies within your intention for the event. Ask yourself this series of questions:

What vibe do you want to send out to the people around you? Is this a dress to impress event with influential people? Does this event commemorate a milestone in your life? You may consider going with a tux. This is the exact reason that most weddings call for a tuxedo. The tux is not worn every day and because of this it retains a reputation of being saved for meaningful events. It makes your date feel special to be with you and your associates to think of you in high regard.

On the flip side if this is merely a day in the life of our Average Joe and a meaningful, yet somewhat mundane formal event, a suit is most likely appropriate. Suits still convey a sense of pride in one’s appearance and can communicate a bold sense of personal style. Suits can be worn on a daily basis and still add a certain flair to your person.

The great news? Black Tie Formalwear can help! Visit any of our convenient Chicagoland locations and our friendly staff would be more than happy to help you find the perfect formalwear for your upcoming event. We tailor your choice, suit or tux, to best fit you .

5 offbeat wedding trends for 2017

Weddings are an age old tradition. While love is timeless, many wedding “must’s” have gathered some rust. Here are 5 offbeat trends to kick off the dust and propel your wedding into 2017!

Give it away

One of the hottest trends for 2017 is a heartwarming one. Many couples are opting to encourage friends and family members in attendance at their weddings to consider donating to a charity registry over receiving a gift for themselves. Interested in learning more? Check out this great resource on charity registries.

5 offbeat wedding trends for 2017

Tasty Trucks

What’s more unique than offering your guests a variety of tasty options served from local food trucks? That’s right! These moveable meals are a cutting edge trend for wedding receptions around the nation. Ready to choose your chow down options? Check out The Chicago Food Truck Finder and reserve yours for your wedding reception today!


Indulge in Industrial

These trends are on the rise for wedding venues. Instead of lavish ballrooms, opt for the industrial look. Rent out spaces in old warehouses, factories or even find unique venue spaces on AirBNB! You’ll be surprised what whimsical locations are in your neighborhood. Speaking of whimsical trends…


Win with Whimsy

One surefire way to create a memorable wedding is by letting your ideas run wild. Are you a superhero nerd? A passionate vintage aficionado? Obsessed with a cult tv series? Make your passions a part of your big day to make it truly shine and shout “YOU”!

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We won’t drone on

Cinematic wedding videos are amongst the biggest trends for 2017. Instead of hiring last year’s wedding videographer, hire one who has experience with drone videography! Check out this great article on The Knot about Everything you Need to Know about Hiring a Drone for your Wedding.

Top Unique Places to get Married in Chicagoland

We’re big wedding goers here at Black Tie Formalwear. Our tuxes have traveled all over Chicagoland and we’ve finally decided to share some of the top places to get married in and around Chicago! Here are a few amazing places in Chicago that you can get married:

The Morton Arboretum

The stunning setting of the Morton Arboretum is the perfect picturesque location for your wedding nuptials.

Top places to get married in Chicago


Revolution Brewery

Perk up them ears, boys, because you and your beloved can be betrothed in a BREWERY!

(Photo courtesy of Krefft Szopa, Two Birds Photography)

Revolution Brewery Wedding


Thalia Hall

This landmark venue was originally designed as an opera house in 1892. It now hosts concerts by well-known bands (many of which are Chicago natives!). Rock out in this unique setting and have a wedding truly worth remembering!


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The Adler Planetarium

Want a wedding that’s truly out of this world? Get married under the cosmos at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago! This venue offers unique and beautiful spaces, great food, and a view of Chicago’s skyline that will take your breath away.

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PRESS RELEASE – The Knot’s ‘Best of Weddings’



Eleventh Annual Best of Weddings Awards Honor the Top Wedding Vendors Across America

Chicago, Illinois/January 5th, 2017—Black Tie Formalwear (IS/ARE) pleased to announce that they have has been selected as a 2017 ­­winner in The Knot Best of Weddings, an award representing the highest-rated wedding professionals as reviewed by real couples, their families and wedding guests on The Knot, the leading wedding brand and marketplace.  This is the 7th year Black Tie Formalwear have been selected for The Knot Best of Weddings.

In 2017, only 2% of the 300,000 local wedding professionals listed on TheKnot.com have received this distinguished accolade. In its eleventh annual year, The Knot continues its longstanding tradition of supporting local wedding vendors with The Knot Best of Weddings 2017, an annual by-couples, for-couples guide to the top wedding professionals across the country. To determine the winners, The Knot assessed almost one million reviews across the various vendor categories—venues, musicians, florists, photographers, caterers and more. These winners represent the best of the best for wedding professionals that a bride or groom would want to consider in order to inspire, plan and book their own unique wedding.

The Knot has inspired approximately 25 million couples to plan a wedding that’s uniquely theirs. With a rich history of providing quality content and inspiration to couples, The Knot is making it easier for couples to connect with and book just the right wedding professional to create their perfect wedding day. Eight out of 10 couples come to The Knot where they can be connected to any of 300,000 local wedding professionals across the country. The Knot marries  great technology with trusted content–and a little love–to make planning for the most important day of a person’s life easier and more enjoyable.

For more information about The Knot Best of Weddings and a complete list of winners, please visit https://www.theknot.com/vendors/best-of-weddings.

About Black Tie Formalwear

Black Tie Formalwear is the only formalwear specialist in the Chicagoland area that can boast winning The Knot’s Best of Weddings from 2011-2017 and Chicago’s only Wedding Specialist to be inducted into the Knot’s Prestigious Hall of Fame.  We have set ourselves apart from the competition by delivering award winning customer service, impeccable quality, and a reputation to match.  We carry the latest styles from Ike Behar, Michael Kors, and Allure available in Modern and Slim Fits.  With our nationwide network of a thousand affiliates nationwide, we can service all your out of town groomsmen’s needs.  Stop in and find out what thousands of our satisfied customers already know, Black Tie Formalwear is the elite place to shop for tuxedos and suits in the entire Chicagoland Area.

About The Knot

The Knot is the nation’s leading wedding resource and marketplace that seamlessly engages, matches and connects couples with the right products, services and local wedding professionals they need to plan and pull off their wedding. The trusted brand reaches a majority of engaged couples in the US through the #1 wedding website TheKnot.com, its mobile apps, The Knot national and local wedding magazines, and The Knot book series. The Knot has inspired approximately 25 million couples to plan a wedding that’s uniquely them. The Knot is the flagship brand of XO Group Inc. (NYSE: XOXO), which helps people navigate and enjoy life’s biggest moments—from getting married to moving in together and having a baby. Please visit The Knot online at TheKnot.com and follow on social media: Facebook.com/TheKnot and @TheKnot on Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

10 easy ways to show your significant other love

There’s nothing quite like the feeling you get when you’re in love. Whether you’re dating, engaged or have been married for 10 years, it’s always important to dedicate time to making your significant other feel loved.

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Here are 10 easy ways that you can do just that:

  1. Read “The 5 Love Languages” together. This book, with over 10,000+ reviews on Amazon is hailed as the secret to unlocking the way your partner experiences love and how to best understand their needs in relationship to yours.
  2. Cook your significant other their favorite meal or treat. Don’t know what it is? There’s plenty on Pinterest to get inspired from!
  3. Pick them up a coffee or tea and bring it to them when they’re not expecting it.
  4. Share with them an embarrassing and humorous story about your childhood and ask them about one of theirs.
  5. Give them the best hug of their entire life. No, really, squeeze them long and hard!
  6. Ask them on a date to the movies and pick one they’ve been wanting to see (even if you think your significant other is a romantic sap or a huge nerd, give their preference a try; you might like it).
  7. Send them a song to listen to that reminds you of them. Better yet? Make them a Spotify or YouTube playlist full of them!
  8. Go on a walk together and leave your phones at home. It’s easy to get distracted when you can reach for your phone during conversation lulls, so it’s important to ditch the devices for some quality time!
  9. Build something together. Whether it’s a piece of IKEA furniture or a gingerbread house during the holidays, spend time creating something together.

There are millions of tiny daily things that you can do to make your partner feel loved. Share with us! what’s one of your ways of showing your s.o. love? We would love to hear from you.

Now get out there and spread the love!

5 budget friendly honeymoon ideas

Congratulations! You’re getting married to the person you love most in the world! All that wedding planning certainly adds up and after the exhausting and costly process of putting on such a grand event, you’re looking forward to spending some well-deserved down time with your betrothed.

Like we said, weddings can be costly depending on your situation, so here are 5 budget friendly honeymoon ideas!

1. Your destination doesn’t have to be international

There are endless possibilities for a romantic and memorable honeymoon within the United States. A great way to get ideas is to make a Pinterest board with your partner of locations that you both want to eventually visit. This is a great way to not only pick your honeymoon destination but also get ideas for future trips together!

2.You don’t have to stay at 5-star hotels

A great trend has emerged among honeymooners: Airbnb! If you aren’t familiar with Airbnb, check them out! Airbnb allows you to find adventures in faraway places or your hometown, and access unique homes, experiences, and places anywhere in the world.

3.Get a better deal on your flight

A great app that we recommend for all honeymooners is Hopper. This app allows you to select your location and dates for travel and will alert you to the lowest rates for airfare!

4.Chow down on local cuisine instead of dining extravagantly

A lot of times, honeymoons get expensive as couples like to pick fancy restaurants or events to attend together. Instead of munching at Michelin Star restaurants, get suggestions from your hotel, hostel or host on cheap eats with a ton of local flavor!

5.Make moments that matter not moments that cost money

Take a walk in this new place that you’ve chosen to visit and bring your camera. Take plenty of photos to remember your adventure together in this new place.

We hope you get some ideas using these 5 tips on planning a honeymoon that truly revolves around your significant other and saves some money too!

If you’re looking for even more ways to save money, enter our giveaway to win 5 free tuxedo rentals for your wedding party! A winner is chosen every month so enter here.

5 Ways to ask your bro to be your Best Man

We all have that one bro that is our other half. That bro that has been there from the beginning and will always be your Numero Uno, your ride or die homie. But, getting real with them and asking them to be your Best Man in your wedding is not always an easy thing to do.

Well, we’re here to tell you that it can be as formal or as funny as you want! Here are 5 creative ideas to ask your bro to be your Best Man:

I Mustache You a Question… Will you be my Best Man?

Fill up a box with your bros favorites: a bottle of beer, beard oil, snacks, etc. and adorn each with a cutout mustache! On the inside of the box include a note that states: “I mustache you a question, will you be my Best Man?”

5 Creative Ways To Propose To Your Best Man

Propose with Cufflinks

What is your bro into? Working out, Marvel comics, sports? Give your bro a pair of cufflinks shaped like one of his favorite things! A great resource to find cool gifts like these is Etsy.com.5 Creative Ways To Propose To Your Best Man


Beer O’Clock

Invite your bro over for a beer and pop the question when you serve him a cold one in a personalized keepsake mug with his initials emboldened on it!

5 Creative Ways To Propose To Your Best Man

Share your love for liquor

Replace the logo/sticker on  your bro’s favorite alcohol with a customized sticker asking your bro to be your best man. Check out this creative example from Pinterest.

5 ways to ask your bro to be your best man

Celebrate with a Cigar

All celebratory occasions end with sharing a cigar. Why not celebrate your future with your significant other and your new Best Man a.k.a Bro for Life?!

5 ways to ask your bro to be your best man


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